Ifans in 2011
|Born||Rhys Owain Evans
22 July 1967 
Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Anna Friel (2011–present)
|Relatives||Llŷr Ifans (brother)|
Rhys Ifans (Welsh pronunciation: [r̥ɨːs ˈivans]; born Rhys Owain Evans; 22 July 1967) is a Welsh actor and musician. He is known for his portrayal of characters such as Spike in Notting Hill, Jed Parry in Enduring Love, and Eyeball Paul in Kevin & Perry Go Large. He is also known as a member of the rock groups Super Furry Animals and The Peth.
Ifans appeared as Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, and as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man. He played Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, in Anonymous. Ifans also has a recurring role as Mycroft Holmes in the CBS series Elementary. Ifans gained fame in the United States for playing Nigel Gruff, a footballer-turned-American football player who has a gambling addiction, in the 2000 film The Replacements.
Ifans was born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, in 1967, the son of Beti-Wyn (née Davies), a nursery school teacher, and Eirwyn Evans, a primary school teacher. He has a brother, actor Llŷr Ifans. Their first language was Welsh. Ifans grew up in Ruthin, North Wales, and received his primary education at Ysgol Pentrecelyn. He attended Ysgol Maes Garmon, a Welsh language secondary school in Mold, Flintshire, where he sat his O levels and A levels. He also attended youth acting schools at Theatr Clwyd, Mold, and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Early stage work by Ifans included Hamlet at Theatre Clwyd, A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Regent's Park Theatre, and Under Milk Wood and Volpone at the Royal National Theatre. He appeared at the Donmar Warehouse in 2003's Accidental Death of an Anarchist. In December 2006, he returned to the London stage in Michael Grandage's production Don Juan in Soho at the Donmar Warehouse (run ended 10 February 2007).
Ifans appeared in many Welsh-language television programmes before embarking on his film career, as well as performing at the Royal National Theatre, London and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. In 1990, he presented Stwnsh (Welsh for "Mash"), an anarchic children's quiz programme. A total of 31 fifteen-minute programmes were broadcast on Welsh-language TV channel S4C.
In 2008, he appeared in "Six Days One June", one of three episodes of the TV series The Last Word Monologues, written by Hugo Blick and broadcast on BBC Two. He played a lonely Welsh farmer trying to free himself from a domineering mother.
After his role as Jeremy Lewis in the Swansea-based movie Twin Town (1997), Ifans gained international exposure in his role as the slovenly housemate Spike in the British film Notting Hill (1999). Reportedly, in preparation for the role, Ifans did not wash himself or brush his teeth. He played Adrian, the pompous eldest brother in Little Nicky (2000). Other film roles include: Eyeball Paul in Kevin and Perry Go Large (2000), Nigel in The Replacements (2000), Iki in The 51st State (2001), William Dobbin in Vanity Fair (2004), and Vladis Grutas in Hannibal Rising (2007). He played Jed Parry in the film version of Ian McEwan's Enduring Love, and the lead role in Danny Deckchair (2003) as Danny Morgan.
Ifans revealed in March 2009 that he was to appear in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010). He played Xenophillius Lovegood, editor of the wizarding magazine The Quibbler and father of the eccentric Luna Lovegood. In the same interview, he also announced that he would play the title role in the film Mr. Nice, based on the life of Howard Marks, who was released from prison due to his work in helping teach illiterate criminals to read and write, so they could get an education behind bars. He played Nemo Nobody's father in Mr. Nobody, starring Jared Leto and Diane Kruger. He played a villain in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, which also starred Emma Thompson and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
On 11 October 2010, the Associated Press confirmed that Ifans would portray the villain in the Spider-Man reboot movie, The Amazing Spider-Man. The villain was revealed as the Lizard a few days later, and the film was released in July 2012.
Music videos and as musician
In 2005, Ifans made a guest appearance for the rock band Oasis in the video for their single "The Importance of Being Idle," for which he accepted their award for Video of the Year at the 2006 NME Awards. He has also appeared in the music videos for "God! Show Me Magic", and "Hometown Unicorn" by Super Furry Animals, "Mulder & Scully" by Catatonia, and "Mama Told Me Not To Come" by Tom Jones and Stereophonics.
Since 2007, Ifans has sung with the psychedelic rock band The Peth (peth is Welsh for "thing"), featuring Super Furry Animals' Dafydd Ieuan, which played a number of concert dates in south Wales and in London in the autumn of 2008. The band played its first date outside London or Wales on 28 September 2008 at the Southampton Soul Cellar.
Other pursuits and activities
In 2002 Ifans gained some controversy, reported in the British media, for his alleged support of Welsh nationalist group Meibion Glyndŵr, a militant group which burnt more than 100 empty second homes in the Welsh heartlands in the 1980s. This was mainly because of comments he made in an interview conducted by Mariella Frostrup for the newspaper The Observer.
During 2011 Comic Con, Ifans was arrested for misdemeanour battery by San Diego police, after allegedly pushing a guard prior to speaking on a guest panel. In August 2011, the local District Attorney's office announced that Ifans would not be charged due to lack of evidence.
|1997||Twin Town||Jeremy Lewis|
|1997||Trial & Retribution||Michael Dunn|
|1998||Dancing at Lughnasa||Gerry Evans|
|1999||Janice Beard 45 WPM||Sean|
|2000||Rancid Aluminium||Pete Thompson|
|2000||Love, Honour and Obey||Matthew|
|2000||Kevin And Perry Go Large||Eyeball Paul|
|2000||The Replacements||Nigel Gruff|
|2001||Christmas Carol: The Movie||Bob Cratchit||Voice|
|2001||The Shipping News||Beaufield Nutbeem|
|2001||The 51st State||Iki|
|2002||Once Upon a Time in the Midlands||Dek|
|2003||Danny Deckchair||Danny Morgan|
|2004||Vanity Fair||William Dobbin|
|2005||Midsummer Dream||Lysander||Voice: English version|
|2005||"The Importance of Being Idle"||Lazy Man||Music video|
|2006||Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties||McBunny||Voice|
|2007||Four Last Songs||Dickie|
|2007||Elizabeth: The Golden Age||Robert Reston|
|2008||Come Here Today||Alex|
|2008||A Number||Benard (B2)|
|2009||The Boat That Rocked||Gavin Kavanagh|
|2009||Mr. Nobody||Nemo's Father|
|2010||Mr. Nice||Howard Marks|
|2010||Passion Play||Sam Adamo|
|2010||Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang||Uncle Phil|
|2010||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1||Xenophilius Lovegood|
|2010||Exit Through the Gift Shop||Narrator|
|2011||Anonymous||Edward de Vere|
|2011||Neverland||James Hook||TV movie|
|2012||The Corrections||Unknown||Unaired Pilot|
|2012||The Five-Year Engagement||Winton Childs|
|2012||The Amazing Spider-Man||Dr. Curt Connors / The Lizard||Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain|
|2013||Elementary||Mycroft Holmes||7 episodes|
|2014||Madame Bovary||Monsieur Lheureuse|
|2015||She's Funny That Way||Seth Gilbert|
|2015||Under Milk Wood||Captain Cat|
|2016||Berlin Station||Hector DeJean|
|2016||Alice Through the Looking Glass||Zanik Hightopp|
Honors, awards and nominations
|1999||Notting Hill||BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|1999||Notting Hill||Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2005||Enduring Love||Empire Award for Best British Actor||Nominated|
|2012||The Amazing Spider-Man||Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain||Nominated|
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